Ah, Korea, a land that recently brought us all sorts of surprises and still we weren’t able to foresee what Hyundai did to the 2011 i45.

2011 Hyundai i45 2 liter
2011 Hyundai i45 2 liter

Admittedly only for the Australian market at the moment, but the big Hyundai saloon is now getting an engine downsize all the way to a 2 liter powerplant.

Engine downsizing isn’t revolutionary, it isn’t even something that newsworthy since just about every major manufacturer has some experience with the idea.

What is very special about Hyundai doing it to the 2011 i45 is just how early in the life of their big saloon they chose to go this route.

2011 Hyundai i45 2 liter
2011 Hyundai i45 2 liter

Previously, if you didn’t want or need all the offerings and problems of a big powerplant and went to buy a 2011 Hyundai i45 you couldn’t get anything smaller than the 2.4 liter.

While those engines are still available, the 2.4 liter can’t be ordered with an automatic gearbox anymore so other changes have happened beside the downsizing.

The star of the whole affair is the new 2.0 liter which puts 162 horsepower at your disposal and also there’s no more than 146 lb-ft of torque.

2011 Hyundai i45 2 liter
2011 Hyundai i45 2 liter

The benefits come at the pumps where you should manage 30.9 mpg and once you team the lighter engine with the new lighter (and smaller) brakes it’s somewhat easy to understand why.

The 2.0 liter Hyinda i45 is also lighter on your wallet when it comes to actually purchasing it since your average Australian will be able to buy one for as little as AU$26,990.